2016-2018 Action Fellow | 2016-2018 Communications Fellow

Aryaana currently resides in Queens and attends Manhattan Hunter Science High School. She realized the significance of climate change at a very young age when she lived in Bangladesh, where she participated in annual food drives for the thousands of Bangladeshis that routinely lost their homes to erratic flood inundation. Her interest for climate justice led her to ACE where she is currently serving as an Action Fellow and Communications Fellow with the organization.

Most recently, she met with her state's elected officials in Albany to advocate for the main components of the Climate and Community Protection Act (CCPA) to be included in the state’s 2017 budget, which would ambitiously push the state to eliminate one hundred percent of climate pollution by 2050. She also served as a youth reporter for the United Nations Paris Climate Change Agreement Ratification Ceremony in New York City in 2016, and was recently selected to join a Youth Circle discussion on sustainability with youth from around the world. The Youth Circle event, titled “Sustainability: Our Shared Responsibility,” was hosted by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Ministry of Climate Change and Environment during Climate Week NYC and featured over 30 young people and high-ranking UAE officials.

Aryaana also joined other ACE Fellows recently alongside the NY Renews Coalition for a town hall at the People’s Meeting House to convince Governor Cuomo to transform New York's energy path toward clean, renewable energy - like wind. She later organized a rally outside Governor Cuomo’s office on Third Avenue in Manhattan to ask him to move forward with eliminating all climate pollution by 2050, renewing the most vulnerable communities, and ensuring fair green jobs through the Climate and Community Protection Act (CCPA).

Aryaana’s other interests also coincide with science, as she hopes to become a cardiothoracic surgeon. She began attending a medical-related program in Sophie Davis, and in school, she was a leader for numerous after school science-based classes and clubs. She enjoys volleyball a great deal and recently started enjoying badminton. She hopes, through the Fellowship, to flourish into a person that can better advocate for the health and well-being of humanity whether that is by nurturing their personal health or by spreading awareness about climate change. 

Aryaana Khan
New York City
Manhattan Hunter Science High School